The Day I Discovered Scuba Diving

Since I discovered my love for the underwater world after my 45-Hour Coron Trip, I made sure to include Balicasag's premier snorkeling site in my itinerary. As I was viewing some photos, I chanced upon a website that offers scuba diving. I was so delighted! I know I have been wanting to experience that.

So after the sumptuous buffet at Bohol Bee Farm, I insisted RJ to drive us to Alona, the gateway to Balicasag and Virgin Island. Btw, RJ on the other hand was insisting to drive us to Danao and try the activities there. Hhmm, sounds interesting but deep inside I knew my heart was pounding for Balicasag. And I ain't leaving Bohol til I experience scuba diving! So being the hospitable host, RJ gave way and drove us to Alona! ^_^

welcome to Alona beach


Surprisingly, this beach is nice. All this time I thought it is mediocre. Isn't this good enough for you?

this is better than some of the beaches I've been


There are lots of resorts, budget accommodations, restaurants, and diving centers in Alona. We headed to SeaQuest Dive Center and inquired for the rates.

SeaQuest Dive Center - Bohol

Who can dive?
Anyone at least 10 years old.
Swimmer or non-swimmer

Here are the published rates in their website.

it's an expensive hobby! ^_^


For the Discover Scuba Diving course, the dive master quoted my friend and I P2,700 each - inclusive of the the boat, gears, and everything! It's P450 cheaper than the published rates. We also rented his underwater camera for P1,000. (ang mahal! but I need to document my 1st dive. pikit-mata sa presyo ng underwater camera rental)


One of the first things that the dive master asked was when is our next flight? Luckily, I had found out in advance that it's fatal to dive then fly. That's why I scheduled this diving activity on the 1st day. (note: our flight back to Manila is on the next day right away). Fly then dive on the same day, wont cause a problem. But dive then fly on the same day will cause serious injuries. An 18-hour interval is good enough. Perfect for our next day's flight schedule.
For explanations on the effect of diving then flying on the same day, read this.


Second is have we suffered from any of the following conditions.
As you all know, I suffered from a serious lung disease 3 years ago. Yare! I didn't know that I need to present a med certificate first before I can dive! Panic mode. What I did? I denied that I got sick. I know my lungs are treated and can perform better now. Bahala na, remember I've got 2 life insurance policies already! ^_^

..that may result in death
not very encouraging choice of words 0_o

After some theories and familiarization blah blahs, we were finally handed our dive suits, masks, and fins! Woot! Excited much! We're ready to do the actual exercises.

SeaQuest Boat - lesgow na!

My friend and I were assigned with 1 dive master each and trust me, the exercises are not very easy at all. What I hate most was the removal of water in your mask. It's very easy when you're just snorkeling. Go up, remove the mask, and the water is gone. But in scuba diving, you need to remove the water from the mask, without going out of the water. Ang pula-pula na ng mata ko after 10x na paulit-ulit ito ipagawa sakin. =(

I know it's just the basics, so what more for the Open Water course. Now I know it's not enough that you want to dive. It's important that you're determined to learn it.

Finally, it's time to put all the lessons I learned that day. Scuba diving at last!

practice time
the instructor swims with me


○ these shots can't even justify how awesome the underwater world is ○
i never had the chance to hold the camera, the other dive master held it






next time I think need to wear a hair-net! hihi


○ some more vibrant colored creatures ○







spell A-M-A-Z-E-D look ^_^


The fact that the earth is composed of 70% water and 30% land, means that there is a really more awesome space to explore, and that can only be found below the sea level... and I cant agree more.

super agree along with these Trumphetfishies
(thanks lakwaterso.com for the info)

who wouldn't be in awe to see these vertical-swimming fishies
and sun-kissed colored wall?


dear Coron,
You know I love you. I really do. But after I discovered scuba diving in Balicasag, Im in shocked and it left me breathless. It's the 1st time I actually thought Im inside that animated screen-saver in the desktop computer. It's surreal! (and you know very well that I hardly say that a place is "surreal")
Im sorry, I guessed I love Balicasag more now.


○ again, these shots are not even close to their real colors ○





i strongly suggest you to try this overwhelming experience


and hey, this frog fish invites you too! Ü


After 35 minutes with a max depth of 20 meters (?), I signaled my instructor that i wanted to go up. Im already chilling. I felt sick too. I thought Im going to vomit anytime! Nyahaha! My instructor said motion sickness is normal for beginners, specially me who moves a lot! Hihi

all experts were once beginners, right? ^_^

82 responses:

Anonymous said...

WOW! Inggit ako! I dunno if I could scuba dive as I dunno how to swim. FML!

The Gasoline Dude said...

WOW! Inggit ako! I dunno if I could scuba dive as I dunno how to swim. FML!

khantotantra said...

ang ganda. kaingit nga. Gusto ko yung mga starfish. :D di bale ng napagastos sa cam kasi nasulit mo naman sa mga pics mo. amazing. :D

Chyng said...

halala!

ang bibilis nyo magcomment! ako dapat una! haha

danda said...

Gusto ko din yang matry! :)

dred said...

galing..inggit mode.heheheh

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

wow! Ito na yun! oo nga girl.. may tama ka! Iba nga yung underwater world sa Balicasag. I'm sure papatawarin ka naman ni Coron =) Inggit ako. Kailangan pag ipunan talaga. Sana magawa ko rin yan sa June.

Chevon said...

wow, wow!!! :) gusto ko rin to i try. nice photos chyng. :)

Calvin said...

nice!!! yung introdive namin sa misibis bay up to 20 feet lang and di ganun kaganda yung corals compared sa balicasag. pero we had to learn din how to blow water our of the mask underwater hehehe.

pero masaya rin sa danao. kita mo na post ko for the day?
http://www.calvinshub.com/2011/02/took-the-plunge-at-e-a-t-danao/

rome said...

beautiful pictures!!! amazing dive site! i wanna learn how to dive too.

tina said...

Super inggit Chyng! :D

marxtermind said...

Saludo ako sayo Chyng, andami mo ng nagawa! Gusto ko din maexperience toh!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ayu oh! pede naman pala kahet PADI lng kunin namen. kalakokase yung super mahal. sabihan ko sila para ma-try namen yan sa Sablayan. yay! congrats Chyng! :) ang ganda ng underwater!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

*I meant PADI Discover Scuba. haha

katz said...

this is what i missed nung nagpunta kami sa bohol... I'm goingback to bohol to try thisü

Rizalenio said...

Wow! Ayos. Isusunod mo na ba ang sky diving? Idol!!!

bang said...

Yes! Sa wakas naipost mo na din.

Guilty tuloy ako sa underwater camera rental, ang mahal! Ginamit ko kasi during my dad's birthday.

Ang ganda talaga ng Balicasag!
Sana sa El Nido trip namin, makapag scuba diving din kami :)

Ang ganda Chyng! Surreal!

poot said...

Mukhang first time nga nangyari ito Ate Chyng. Naunahan ka ng readers to comment. Looooool.

Oh gawd, tatlo na ang nagagawa mo sa to-do list mo. Ang galing galing! Considering na February pa lang. Whew!

I agree Ate, ang gondo gondo nga. Na-amaze ako dun sa vertical-swimming fishes (?). May ganun pala. Hahahaha.

Anyway, di'ba mas mahirap 'pag di ka marunong lumangoy? Idk how to swim kasi. :)

poot said...

I think you mean Naga City?

Hirap ngang mag-plan kung overnight lang. Looool. Pero ikaw pa, kaya mo yan.

Erick Garcia said...

waaaaaaa!!! jelly naman ako sayo Ate Chyng. Sayo na ang Bohol. LOL. One of my dreams is to do scuba diving. Kailangan po ba talaga ng license para makasisid?

Jepoy said...

Oh shit oh shit oh shiiiiiiiiiiit! Inggit ako!!!

dong ho said...

whoa! better than the pambato reef in honda bay. corals are alive and fishes and other sea creatures thrive.

ang aga ng summer. siguradong susulitin mo ang summer.

jeniffer said...

wow your scuba diving experience is so kakaingit.. daya naman.. hahaha... I never experience scuba diving yet, since di rin naman ako ganun kagaling sa swimming...

Manila Girl said...

Ang gandaaaa! Congrats! I did my Intro Dive in El Nido, it was nice too but since it was just an intro dive I didn't get to see as much as you did! I think once was enough for me though, it really hurts my ears. I suck at equalizing!

krizzyRN said...

ang bongga ate!wanna try this too!:)
and malapit na din akong maging bigtimeRs wahahahaahha finally,coron this june :)

docgelo said...

i died in envy reading this post, chyng! ano na susunod mong gawin? pumunta sa outer space? sama naman!

Ivan said...

wow... eto ang pangarap ng isang biologist na tulad ko.

Photo Cache said...

clap clap clap. galing ng adventure na ito, kahit nag white lie ka :)

what do you mean non swimmers can go? how? i don't swim so how?

Potchoi Potchai said...

hi, how much nagastos mo sa scuba diving? all in all? mgndang experience yan... :)

nina said...

Ang ganda! So... ayan na ba ang sunod na pagkakagastusan? ;)

Ar-Ar said...

wow! the under water photos are all amazing! :)) inulit-ulit ko ung pagtingin.

Karla said...

Nice! Ang ganda naman ng beach. :D Ang saya siguro mag scbuba diving kahit expensive. Pero mukhang worth it naman kasi kakaibang experience. :) At mukhang ok ang instructor dahil may safety precautions pa like not diving then flying on the same day.

kg said...

chyng, buti na lang nagresearch ka bago nagdive! good job! he he!

tama ka chyng, pictures will never give justice to the true beauty of the underwater world. you have to see it with your own two eyes! :)

pusang kalye said...

ikaw na talaga ang dumadive, natututu palang ako mag snorkel dumadive kana. Super Chyng ka talaga. At ang linaw ng kuha ng underwater camera na 1k ha. sulit. cute mo with all the gears. seriously.:D . yang Alona beach yung side ng Bohol Beach Club ayt? mukha ngang nice naman. ang mohol talaga ng scuba diving.. ito yung dati na fb status mo about diving and flying so akala ko di natuloy pero nobody can stop you talaga ha. not even the medical certificate.lol. ikaw na ang may 2 life insurance!!!hahaha

lakwatserong tatay said...

hi,

sayang chyng dapat ngsabi ka skin...
cousin ko ang isa sa dive master dyan sa sea quest....andrew name nya...
nakahingi ka sana ng discount...heheheh...
pero kaiinggit naman...paguwi ko uli sa bohol...magdidive na talaga ko....hehehehe....

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Wow Chyng, you're adding more in your adventure resume. Do I see sky diving or bungee jumping after this?

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

ohmaygad. kahit natatakot ako mag scuba parang gusto ko na rin!

The Engineer who Bakes said...

Ms Chyng:

Welcome to the underwater world!

One possible explanation ng nausea and dizziness nyo ay na-exceed nyo yun max depth Discover Scuba Diving (i.e. 12m).

Anyway, nakapag-blog pa nmn kayo so OK lang yun. If you one day choose to further your diving (i.e. PADI Open Water Diver course), please do inform me. Ü

Expensive? Uo, ganun tlga. Sulit nmn, di ba?

witsandnuts said...

It's really more beautiful as you go deeper. Nice shots!

ishna said...

Wow! The photos are amazing! Kainggit naman. Nasa bucket list ko ang scuba diving. I wanna do that too. :)

ishna said...

Wow! The photos are amazing! Kainggit naman. Nasa bucket list ko ang scuba diving. I wanna do that too. :)

lakwatserong tatay said...

hi po,

Actually he is my cousin, one of the dive master at Sea Quest. Infact last na umuwi ako ng Bohol last 2007, inaya nya ko sa isang dive kaso hindi ko grinab...kaya un...ngaun naiiinggit ako sau...hehehehe...d bale meron pa naman next baka sa fiesta samin...uuwi ako...this coming may...sana masubukan ko...katakot din kasi eh...

Cedric said...

Wow! Di ba nakakatakot? Hehe. Marunong akong lumangoy pero takot akong malunod. Hehe.

Con Tour Blog | A Philippine Photo-Travel-Blog said...

galing ni super chyng. Congrats to your first dive lesson. Isa lang ang alam ko mag dive. Mag dive sa kama kapag lashing na. hehehe. Congrats again. Pictures are also awesome. :-). I revive ko na diving skills. aral muna ng floating.

Ayi said...

Ang ganda talaga sa Balicasag! Kahit snorkling palang ang ginawa ko, nag-enjoy talaga ako. Nakita ko din dun sa sanctuary yung ibang fishes at star fishes na nasa pictures mo. Sana magkaron din ako ng lakas ng loob mag-scuba dive in the future at gusto ko din sa Balicasag! 7 spots din yun! :)

JeffZ said...

haha.. parang wala na akong maicomment.. nasabi na nila lahat!.. haha :P

Mom Daughter Style said...

ganda ng pictures. i've never gone scuba diving.

Dyanie said...

I'm so proud of you teh!!! :x

fetus said...

anlayo lang sa snorkeling namin! hehehe

*mOmOt KuYiT* said...

hi chyng! astig! winner ang experience mong ito :)

Sheng said...

Huwaw! Ang ganda naman. Sadly, mukhang di ako pwede sa scuba diving. Reefwalking pa nga lang nag nosebleed na ako. But it's really beautiful.

Batang Biyahera said...

bohol is the perfect place to learn scuba diving! best prices too compare to other places i've been in pinas and asia. still haven't got my PADI license yet but hopefully this coming july if i have more time to go to bohol.

Sweetness said...

ASTTEEEEGGG!!! Excited na ko :D Thank you for the beautiful story chyng! ^_^

lakwatsera de primera said...

congrats girl, galing! love the underwater pics too :) Where is the next diving destination?

Ed said...

galing chyng! im always fascinated with the water. kaso i pa rin ako nakakapagscuba dive. one of these days. I'm just glad na malapit lang ako sa tubig ng Visayas :D

_rhovic_ said...

wala ka bang post na hindi ko kaiinggitan???

peace :D

Chew On This said...

sobrang ganda ng pictures sis! I tried scuba diving in palawan and got a certificate. Kaya lang expired na siya. If only pwede mag scuba monthly LOL! if only it wasn't that expensive :) I remember the need for a gel toothpaste to make sure the goggles are clear. Pwede rin siguro un sa windshields! :)

KUMAGCOW said...

Chyng ang sarap ng dive... kaso I can't swim LOL fail ako! LOL

Axel said...

Wow!! nag-dive ka sa Bohol.. twice na ko napunta ng Bohol pero hindi ko pa na-try yan ah.. dapat ata may third time ang pagpunta ko dyan ah..

Gaya nila Gasul, inggit ako!! haha..

anne said...

nice chyng! mukang ready nako iconquer ang hydrophobia ko. hehe btw ur last line, reminds me of josel :)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

hanga talaga ako sa iyo..pati sa ilalim ng dagat may mga pictures ka..

MarLiesTravels said...

ms. chyng, nice pictures (as always!).. gusto rin naming magscuba dive.. mahal nga lang.. hehe! pinagiipunan namin yung underwater camera.. :D

Ian said...

ganda ng balicasag! wish ko lang kahit mag-snorkle jan ok lang kahit hindi na dive basta makita lang ang islang yan... congrats chying, may diving cert kana!

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

just read this, Chyng! glad you had a very good time in Balicasag. Gana noh! i think it's still not as popular as other diving sites. but i think (non-diver), it's the best in the Philippines.

blissfulguro said...

whoa!feb.12 ka pala nag panglao..waah!kami feb.13..hehe..i love the vertical fish huh..ang kulit..pero parang ang hirap nga pag first time noh?where's ur next dive?!next time sky dive na yan oh pustahan!haha

Diamond R said...

Amazing nga talaga. nakanganga lang ako habang tinitingan ang mga photo sa ilalim ng dagat thinking na kasama kang kumukuha nito.

mav said...

Chyng, kaloka ang mga pics ang gaganda! Gusto ko matry yan pero di ako marunong lumangoy haha, alam ko pwede for non swimmers, pero takot padin ako wahaha! Kailangan na todo aral sa paglangoy!

Kerstine Grace said...

Hi Chyng, I have read some of your post before but this really made me happy. As a diver myself, I cannot in anyway explain the feeling of being weightless surrounded by amazing (weird looking, but amazing none the less) creatures. It's like being transported in a world so serene you want to personally take care of it. I hope you get certified so that you know what the sciences that goes behind diving for you to not only enjoy diving but also the safety procedures. Kudos to your intro dive!!

If you want to know people who can help you with the certification you can email me

-Kring
NAUI Master Scuba Diver

Pinoy Adventurista said...

ang galing galing!!! medyu nakakatakot lang ah... hehehe!!! now ko lang din nalaman na di pala pwedeng mag dive at mag fly kagad... thanks for sharing your experience with us...

neldeleon said...

Gusto ko na din mag-dive. Mas payapa yata sa ilalim ng dagat kaysa sa lupa. :)

Sendo said...

wew...di pa pala ako nakacomment here haha...been callin my friends to llok at this post...kasi..super wow! wew! it's my dream to go beyond snorkeling ...and sana it would be the same experience as yours noh..sa bohol...or somewhere else hehe

Robbie said...

Ang ganda ng photos!!!

BUT more importantly.... ang ganda ng underwater life dyan! I'm envious, but I'm afraid of diving. =(

Rosalie said...

Wow... Superb!!!

Nice Pics.. Super like ko yan sana ma try ko din yan sa Bohol this coming August... :)

connie said...

Hi, can I join you the next time you visit Balicasag,Bohol? I love travelling too thats why I got so lucky to find your Blog here, looking forward to read more, God Bless!!!

bonheurbelle said...

Beautiful underwater shots, Chyng! What kind of camera was it? :)

♥ Cat
http://bonheurbelle.wordpress.com

Chyng said...

thank you rosalie and connie!
cheers to more travelings!


@cat,
canon s90, with underwater casing. nirentahan lang..

Kathleen said...
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Kathleen said...

Hi Miss ching :) I would love to dive. nababahal ako coz I have a history of asthma pero wla ako life insurance eh pffffft ask po ako kung anong nice na underwater cam :)

La Vie Magnifique said...

So excited to see Balicasag! We're going there on the 12th to dive. Wala kayong nakitang pawikan? Umaasa ako makakita ng turtle, 20 times na kmi nagdive sa Anilao wala pa rin ako nakikita :(

Btw, if you're interested to do an Open Water ok yung teacher namin - he's very good and cheaper yung rate, it's in my blog: http://pinkswarovski.blogspot.com/2011/06/open-water-dive-certification-padi.html :)

plix said...

Hi Chyng, Cromwell to from CSPB. Ang saya ng mga adventures mo. thank you din for posting the details of your trips. God Bless

Chyng said...

^
uy! hi cromwel! thanks for dropping by. =)

MM Miranda said...

haha tama mahirap mag alis ng tubig ag nasa ilalim na. sasakit na mata mo kaka alis, dun mo na lang talaga sya matututunan :) pati tamang paghinga sa ilalim mo na mafifigure out talaga. buwis buhay adventure pero worth it :)

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